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Latest UpdatesSeminar held in Belgium: "The Japan-EU EPA: Expanding our Rules-Based, Free Trading Sphere to Create Economic Opportunities for Businesses"

Oct 25, 2018

On July 13, the Government of Japan and JETRO co-hosted an event on the occasion of the signing of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement in Brussels, Belgium, under the title "The Japan-EU EPA: Expanding our Rules-Based, Free Trading Sphere to Create Economic Opportunities for Businesses". It was joined by 120 people, including corporate leaders from various countries as well as experts, researchers and policy makers from the European Commission and foreign ministries and chambers of commerce.

In the keynote address, Dr. Lee-Makiyama illustrated that Japan's investment climate has improved dramatically under the policy known as Abenomics. Highlighting how Japan is well positioned to attract investment due to its promising market, high investment returns, legal stability, and transparent and predictable regulations compared to neighboring countries, he emphasized that European companies are underinvesting in Japan and that there is much more potential for growth than ever before.

Seminar overview
Event title The Japan-EU EPA: Expanding our Rules-Based, Free Trading Sphere to Create Economic Opportunities for Businesses
Date and time July 13, 2018 (Friday) 10 : 00-13 : 00
Venue Stanhope Hotel, Brussels
Organizer Government of Japan (Cabinet Office)
Co-host JETRO
Supporter Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE)
Participants Approximately 120 people
Program overview
  1. Opening :
    Yoshiro Taguchi; Counsellor, Office of Global Communications, Prime Minister's Office of Japan
  2. Keynote address :
    Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of Japan to the European Union
  3. Keynote address :
    Dr. Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Senior Fellow, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
  4. Lecture:
    Mitsumaru Kumagai; Executive Managing Director, Chief Economist and Deputy Head of Research, Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
  5. Panel Discussion
    Moderator:
    Iana Dreyer, Editor-in-Chief of Borderlex
    Panelists:
    Dr. Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Fellow, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
    Kumagai Mitsumaru; Executive Managing Director, Chief Economist and Deputy Head of Research,
    Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
    Danny Risberg; Chairman, European Business Council in Japan and former CEO, Philips Japan
    Pascal Kerneis; Managing Director, European Services Forum
  6. Closing remarks:
    Yoshiro Taguchi; Counsellor, Office of Global Communications, Prime Minister's Office of Japan
  7. networking
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